Richard C. Celata, Sr.

May 14th, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Richard C. Celata, Sr., 77, of North Reading and Wilmington, MA on May 13, 2020 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA.

Richard was born on August 12, 1942, in Medford, MA to Michael A. Celata, Sr. and Julia (Hermandinger) Celata. He was raised in Medford before settling in Wilmington.

He was a proud 4th degree and lifelong member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. So passionate about old cars, he spent countless hours building and restoring all kinds with his son Richie. He especially loved his first project – a 1933 Plymouth. In recent years he could be seen restoring and driving a 1987 Chevy pickup, a 1955 Chevy Belair, a 1955 Ford pickup, a 1949 Mercury and his latest project – a 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. He attended many local car shows where he loved to share his work.

Richard is survived by his dear friend Carol S. Celata of Wilmington, MA with whom he shared 3 children. He was the devoted father of Julie M. DeCosta and her husband Gerard DeCosta, of Litchfield, NH, Richard C. Celata, Jr. and his wife Kelley Celata of Wilmington, MA and Mary Ellen Borland and her husband Lee Borland, of North Reading, MA. Loving grandfather “Papa Rich” to his four grandchildren Anthony and Alison Celata of Wilmington, MA & Emma and Alex Borland of North Reading, MA who were the love of his life. Dear son of the late Michael A. Celata Sr. and Julia A. Celata. Cherished brother of the late Michael A. Celata Jr. and the late Stephen J. Celata.

Private graveside services will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, MA. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to the American Heart Association at 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA.


20 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard C. Celata, Sr.”

  1. Janine Connors says:

    Uncle Richie, You will be missed by so many. Your hearty laugh will fill Heaven! So many wonderful memories as a kid spending every Sunday at your house!

    Love Janine

  2. John Pesce says:

    Sorry for your loss Celaya family , Richie was a great guy , very funny and always up beat always made me laugh when I seen him. Rip

  3. Donna Celata Miller says:

    Uncle Richie, you are now in Heaven with your brothers and Nana and Papa. You will be missed by all, but your memory will for ever live in our hearts. Be at peace… And no acting up with Dad and Uncle Steven…

    Love you Always Donna.

  4. Bobbi Brodie says:

    Dear Carol, Julie, Richie & Mary Ellen, I remember Richie as being a fun loving man, who was a great friend to Bill and me. We celebrated many happy occasions as well as sad ones.
    He will remembered very fondly by me.
    May his memory be blessed by all.

  5. Donna L. Crowley says:

    Dearest Carol and Children – I so fondly remember our early years as teenagers and have always held you and Richie close in my heart as very dear friends of Lenny and I. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of you. Richie was a terrific man with a very kind heart and will be sorely missed but always remembered with love. May God Bless all of you as you grieve the loss of a special man, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend.

  6. Judson Miller says:

    Richie Jr. And family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time of great loss.

    Hugs to you my friend.

  7. Charlene (Witkowski) Williamson says:

    Carol and family,
    I have childhood memories of Richie and your family. He was always full of life . I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, may he Rest In Peace.

  8. Mary Siekman says:

    Carol and family I am so sorry for your loss. I remember the fin times in Medford.

  9. Bill celata says:

    Cousin and friend i will remember all the great times we had on the weekends that i spent with you and your family. To the celata family your dad ,grandfather was a kind, generous man . Always fun to be with, we all have some pretty good memories with him .he will be greatly missed RIP Richie till we meet again

  10. Tom Pernarelli says:

    To the Celata family and his soulmate Diane Lawrence who only were able to be together for a couple of awesome years I’m sorry for your loss.

  11. Donna Santoro says:

    So sorry for your loss. We had allot of good times back in the day you will be missed R.I.P. richard

  12. Susan Santoro says:

    So sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories spending time with Richie, Carol and family. Babysitting for them in Medford, etc. Richie you will be missed. R.I.P. ????

  13. Butchie DeAngelis says:

    Richie Jr and family,
    Sorry to hear of Richie’s passing. May he rest in peace with his Mom and Dad (Big Mike) and his brothers Mikey and my pal Stevie. Always enjoyed seeing you guys at Car Nights. He will be missed….Butchie DeAngelis

  14. Bob & Patty Celata says:

    Richie lived and loved life to its fullest and has such a great family.

    God Bless.

  15. Frank Castiello jr says:

    Richie you will be missed dearly by your friends at Frank’s auto. And the rt1 plow crew. You are a special kind of friend.. il miss your laugh and are talks. Sorry for your loss to the celata family.

  16. Lisa Connelly says:

    I met Richie 16 years ago. I was his dental hygienist, and through the years his friend. I was always so happy to see his name on my schedule as I knew he would make me laugh and smile. He has a wonderful family and loved you all so much . I will miss seeing your smile and laughter. I am truly saddened. Extended condolences to his loved ones at this very hard time he spoke fondly of you all always and was very proud of his family.

  17. Len & Suzy Lena says:

    Richie jr. and family, we are sorry for your loss , we are thinking of you all at this time , may he Rest In Peace ????

  18. Cyndi Munroe Donovan says:

    Ive known Richie since i was 5 or6 he was the kindest person i evver met. Always happy and smiling. I will never forget his laugh. He was my dads best friend. Its a terrible loss. My sincere condolences to Carol and family

  19. Joe Poli says:

    He was a great enthusiast of his great hobby of buying and fixing old cars. His brother Stevie was a very dear friend of mine. The Celata brothers are gone now but not forgotten.

  20. Mary Jaena says:

    Dear Julie and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With Sympathy,

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